News | September 7, 2000

FMC FoodTech acquires Allen Machinery

FMC FoodTech and Allen Machinery Inc. have announced that FMC Corporation has purchased the assets of Allen Machinery. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

The privately held Allen Machinery, based in Newberg, OR, provides food processing systems in three primary areas: vibratory conveying and distribution systems, optical inspection and sorting systems, and food preparation and coatings equipment.

The acquisition will merge the complementary technologies of Allen's conveying, optical sorting and seasoning coating products and FMC FoodTech's food processing, distribution and packaging systems. The combination is expected to strengthen FMC FoodTech's presence in snack foods and dry goods processing and enhance the market positions of FMC FoodTech's PPM potato and snacks processing business and Yamato combination weigh scale business.

Jerry Allen-Rich, president of Allen Machinery, said, "We are excited about becoming part of FMC FoodTech, which should benefit both our customers and our employees."

Earlier this year FMC FoodTech acquired York International's Northfield Freezing Systems Group, (see earlier article) and later announced plans to purchase Bradley Ward Systems Inc. (See earlier article).

Allen Machinery employs over 250 employees and has annual sales of approximately $25 million.

The company is organized into Process Handling, Machinery, Electronics, and Ingredients Application divisions. Among its major customers are Pepsico Foods International, Frito-Lay, Nabisco, General Mills, Pillsbury/Green Giant, Best Foods, and Quaker Oats. FMC FoodTech, a business unit of FMC Corporation, is one of the top 10 global suppliers of food processing, preservation, freezing, handling and packaging systems.

FMC Corporation produces chemicals and machinery for industry and agriculture. The company divides its businesses into five segments: Energy Systems, Food and Transportation Systems, Agricultural Products, Specialty Chemicals, and Industrial Chemicals.

Edited by Pam Ahlberg

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